If you are a regular reader of my race reports, you will know I like to have a plan for a race. This week’s plan was to put in an attack (not a go to the front and ride hard, but hard sprint and get a gap attack) two thirds into the race, up the main straight and time trial to the finish solo. I even rode the Wednesday night time trial to try and gain a psychological advantage over my opponents. I was the fastest D grade rider on the night, but not by a convincing margin or anywhere near my best performance.
Turned up early to get a few practise laps in and ended up helping out on the registration desk. Managed two laps behind the juniors and found the corner had been changed from the week before. A couple of barriers had been added to direct traffic through the first gate, moving the apex, totally changing the line through the corner and giving a bigger margin for error on the exit.
PDCC D Grade Criterium
16 February 2014
Back to the Motorplex, but instead of the technical circuit with my nemesis the harpin. We were racing a new circuit, with more flowing corners and a sharp climb. In practise I was concentrating on the entry to the climb, which was narrow and I felt the most important section of the course.
I paid very little attention to the final corner
PDCC D grade criterium
9 February 2014
Eight weeks between race reports, as I have not raced for 8 weeks. I broke my collar bone in a training accident on my TT bike. I was riding at race pace, flat rear tire and my rear wheel went from underneath me while I was trying to avoid hitting a chain link fence. Hit the PSP hard, breaking my right collar bone and bruising or cracking a rib or two.
I had spent the last 4 weeks on my trainer riding at short threshold sessions, as I found anything longer frustrating and could not manage any more intensive due to my ribs and shoulder. I had done a couple of short rides, culminating in a 40km group ride the day before the race. I was not really race fit, however, I was back racing in D grade.
PDDC C grade criterium
15 December 2013
Arrive with enough time, to register and ride a couple of laps. Only to find the newly widened top corner had been damaged by a tractor, rendering the new section dangerous and resulting in the new section of corner being roped off, reverting to last year’s narrow single file corner. Did not even get to test it at speed, as next time round two other riders where slowly making their way round.
PDDCC criterium C grade
8 December 2013
Even with a few warm up laps, I was not confident riding the newly widened first corner. I was feeling a little better about the bottom corner a 180 degree turn. While I could not carry a great deal of speed through that corner, it played into my strength of being able to accelerate hard from a slow speed up an incline.
I started mid pack, but found myself slowly sliding down the bunch …
Smeaton Way, Rockingham
1 December 2013
The D grade regulars, looked relieved when I told then I was riding C grade.
I went into C grade with a simple aim in mind, stay in the front six riders or so, for as long as possible and not worry about a result. …
Tint A Car criterium
Open C grade
November 28 2013
The field had changed from the previous week, an extra 10 riders, a lot of new riders and number I recognised rode club B grade. So I expected a tough race and was hoping to last five laps.
WCMCC C grade criterium
Smeaton Way Rockingham
24 November 2013
This race was likely the last WCMCC criterium for the year for me. As the PDCC criterium season starts next Sunday at the same circuit. This was going to be a good chance for me to test my legs and see if I am going to ride C or D grade with PDCC …
Tint A Car Criterium
Open C grade
21 November 2013
You read it right, I was racing C grade in open competition. My results in D grade in open competition have not been that good. So in theory tonight was a step up, but with only 3 grades to choose from, it was C grade or nothing, and me being a race junkie, decided to give it a go.
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